The current site of the Farmers Ranchers Feed Mill on South Main Street in Ainsworth was purchased from W.S. Rogers in 1971. Christmas Eve of 1977, the mill caught fire and burned to the ground. A new mill was built in its place in 1978.
Since then, the Feed Mill has continued to grow and expand over the years. In 1993, additional warehouse space, a new office, and a new scale was added. Additional storage for bulk feed and ingredients was added in 1994.
2008 marked a year for increased manufacturing with the purchase of a second pellet mill to double the production of cake and pellets. The automation process started in 2009 with an automatic sacker and pallet robot and was completed in 2010 with the new computerized batching system. The addition of new loadout/receiving bays was completed in the summer of 2013. The feed delivery trucks have also increased from 4 trucks to 8 in recent years. The success throughout these years brought on the need for a second mill. In the fall of 2017, this mill was completed and began manufacturing range cubes.
FR Feeds was developed in 2013 as a part of Farmers Ranchers Coop. Today FR Feeds sells feed in 5 states with 19 dealers in 3 states.
Farmers Ranchers Co-op completed a building expansion that has made the feed mill in Ainsworth much better equipped to handle its growing business. To put it bluntly, we outgrew our britches.
Figures bear it out. Consider that when the mill first started, it was loading out 150 tons of feed a day. Today, we’re putting out anywhere from 300 to 450 tons daily. Over the past 10 years, we’ve increased our per-year tonnage output from 29,000 to over 52,000.
That’s why the 13,000 square foot, $18 million expansion that went up on the east side of the mill has been a welcome addition. Completed the fall of 2017, the new mill contains 2 pellet lines dedicated to the manufacturing of range cubes, 2 state-of-the-art dryers that remove moisture to increase shelf life and an automated computer system. Additionally, an 80′ steel tank was erected for distillers dried grains storage.
The work began in 2016 and was completed in 2017, just in time for cake season. EBM Mill & Elevator Supply out of Norfolk served as the overall contractor. If you haven’t been at the mill for a while, drive by and take a look or better yet stop in and ask for a tour!